Guy Garvey's Meltdown

In June 2016, Guy Garvey joined a pantheon of renowned festival directors including Jarvis Cocker, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Ornette Coleman and David Byrne.

The brilliant line-up included Robert Plant, Femi Kuti, Laura Marling, I Am Kloot, Nadine Shah, The Staves, Connan Mockasin, Lift To Experience, This Is The Kit, Nick Mulvey, K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade, Guy Garvey, and more. There was a day dedicated to the refugee crisis, including a special concert on the Thames called The Boat We're In.

Much like my work on TV and radio I see this as the perfect opportunity to shine a light on some amazing new talent while recognising and celebrating the artists that have had an influence on the new sounds of today. Beyond that I want my Meltdown to be a party where everyone feels invited and everyone leaves having had the best night out.
Enjoy this Spotify playlist featuring artists from the festival
The BAFTA-winning composer looks ahead to his new festival
Join us for a different listening experience away from the noise of everyday life
Southbank Centre’s Ramatoulie Bobb looks ahead to her first classical music encounter
How did the Weimar era pave the way for the rise of Nazism? Find out more in this Philharmonia Orchestra video
The composer and orchestrator talks about bringing his father’s work to life
Get a flavour of the new season with this Spotify playlist
What was it like to be a student at the Bauhaus? Find out more in this Philharmonia Orchestra video
The Austrian percussionist and composer shares a special Spotify playlist of his favourite artists
The Icelandic composer shares some of his favourite artists in this Spotify playlist
Experience the film classic like never before with a live performance of Elmer Bernstein’s memorable score
What to see during three days of fantastic free music performances
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of artists from New Music Biennial 2019
Get to know the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new Principal Conductor
Watch the Finnish artists discuss their dance-filled show in this video
What became of Lennon’s Steinway and Chopin’s Pleyel?
Listen to the twelfth episode of our podcast series on the impact of Karlheinz Stockhausen on music
Pianist Tamara Stefanovich describes how it feels to be from a country that doesn’t exist

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto perform at the Royal Festival Hall